On that Tuesday, we headed for the ferry. As luck would have it, our hotel was RIGHT BY the ferry dock, so getting there wasn’t even an issue. (It was good we were close, because we needed to be there 90-minutes ahead, per regulations.) We had reservations, and everything went without a hitch.
While we were waiting, Claire yells, “SASQUATCH! I found Sasquatch! There’s a Sasquatch ON OUR CAR!”
Okay, let me back up.
We’d told Claire this trip was to explore British Columbia, see the grandparents at the car show, explore the Olympic Coast, and… FIND SASQUATCH. Everywhere we’d hiked would have been PERFECT for Sasquatch, and we’d point that out…every time, but we’d not found him yet.
She was adamant, and we were confused. “On OUR car? You mean THIS car, or someone has a Subaru?” I asked, looking at the cars in line behind us. “No! OUR car. THIS car! The Jeep!” she said.
When she pointed it out, we couldn’t believe it.
(As always, click photos to enlarge!)
SASQUATCH HAD BEEN FOLLOWING US THE WHOLE WAY! Literally. Jeep had painted this on the inside of the back window, right above the windshield wiper. What?? How clever and cool! (You couldn’t see it from the outside because of the tinted windows, and you really had to be looking right at it to notice it!)
Well played, Jeep. Well played!
(This didn’t meant we actually stopped looking for ANOTHER Sasquatch…)
While on the ferry, we saw ORCAS! Yes! This is the first time we’ve seen whales, and to say we were extremely excited about this is putting it mildly! We saw five spouts from the blowholes and two tails. Wow! What a treat!!
From Port Angeles, we made our way to the Olympic Coast. Again, we were greeted with fantastic views and scenery. This area is so lush! It was sunny again (still), so I’m thinking those tall tales about it being gloomy all the time are just a way to keep people from moving there! 😉
Kalaloch Lodge was our next stop on the itinerary. At check-in, I found out I’d been pronouncing this wrong in my head. (I’d been saying “Calla-lock,” when, in fact, it’s pronounced “Clay-lock.” Good to know!
This lodge has no TVs or phones in the room, and there is no Wi-Fi. We’d been unplugged from Social Media this entire trip, so that didn’t bother me. My phone had just enough oomph in some places to send quick texts, so I told one of my sisters to pull up the Kalaloch Lodge Webcam.
I told her we’d be down in that area and to see if she could see us on the monitor.
Sure enough! She was able to capture us! (The screen refreshes every 30 seconds, so these were fun to see!) If you look, you can see us. We’re the group of three exploring on this side of that huge log.
Kalaloch Webcam Pic 1
Kalaloch Webcam Pic 2
Kalaloch Webcam Pic 3
What may be hard to see in these photos is that it’s NOT gloomy there! There is sun and blue skies. (You can *almost* see it in the reflection on the water in one of the pictures.)
After dinner and a good night’s rest, we set out to explore some more!
Kalaloch Lodge Gazebo
Rope Assist – Unlike most of the other beaches and trails we’d explored, this one had a nice Rope Assist! This was very handy in making it down (and up!) to (and from!) the “real” steps!
The beach at Kalaloch Lodge
The sand was HOT and the water was COLD, so that created a magical MIST that was just mesmerizing! You can see the sunny blue skies peeking through!
Mist and Waves
The Low Tide revealed Rocks!
This is called the “Tree House.” All that’s left for the ceiling are roots!
All along the shore are Driftwood Forts.
This picture makes me smile! Hair tied up? Check. Three layers, flip-flops, and pants rolled up? Check. Sand dollars safe in hand? Check. Ready for the picture? Nope.
Sand dollars? Yes! We had so much fun looking for (relatively) intact Sand Dollars! We found some! (We didn’t find them on the driftwood…that would have been way too easy!)
Castle Builders hard at work
Sunset on another beautiful day.
That next morning, Claire told me Puppy had asked so politely to look outside, so she set up the pillows for him.
Next stop? Hiking through a temperate rainforest and exploring Seattle!
Just catching up? Check out Part 1: Vancouver, Part 2: Goats on a roof & Port Renfrew, Part 3: Random Dragons and a lighthouse, Part 4: Deuce Days in Victoria, and Part 5: Victoria!